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Thursday, 10 May 1984
Page: 1883

The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

Retirement Income Policy

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth that:

1. the Hawke Labor Government's retirement income policies are piecemeal, inconsistent and make no provision to encourage people to save towards their retirements; and,

2. the Government's proposed assets test legislation is iniquitous and, if enacted, its effects would be discriminatory.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, urge the Government to:

1. scrap its proposed assets test legislation;

2. either institute a broad enquiry into Australia's retirement income and taxation systems or await the outcome of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare's work on this matter; and,

3. following the report of such a wide enquiry institute a retirement income policy which is fair and equitable, that encourages self-provision and which will be non-discriminatory.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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